state, which the jews accepted and then whether the united states should recognize the recreated jewish state. in an event which is completely unique in the annals of foreign policy, i know of no other case like this, the state department, the defense department, the pentagon, without exception told the president of the united states don't do it. if america recognizes this jewish state, there's going to be a cutoff of oil from the middle east to the united states. american soldiers are going to get embroiled in a war there because the jews don't know how to defend themselves. don't do it. the secretary of state at the time, george marshall, who was the most revered american of his generation, said that if the president recognized the jewish state, he, george marshall, wouldn't vote for him in the 1948 presidential elections. but the president was a gentleman named harry truman, who claimed to have memorized the bible by age 14 and had himself joined a restorationist group called the american christian committee for palestine.